Proximity from ceremony to venue…??

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@BurlapnLace:  You know your guests and if that would be ok etc… How much time do you have in between the ceremony and reception ? Are you doing any cocktails / ordevres in between ?


My ceremony and reception is at the same location and we have 1.5 hours in between of coctails.


Post # 4
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

Uffta! Thats kinda far. You of course know your guests the best and if its your dream venue go for it. I know that once I had to drive 45 minutes inbetween venues and I found it annoying but thats just me 🙂 Start a poll.

Post # 5
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

that’s a far way to expect people to drive. for a close friend or family member i would do it but wouldn’t be happy about it.

i’ve only been to one wedding (10 years ago) where there were 2 locations, everthing else has been in the same location for ceremony and reception.

but you know your guests best. 

Post # 6
2642 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wait, you mean it’s .5 hours away not 1.5 right?  I think 30 minutes would be the MAX driving distance.  It’s going to depend on your guests though.  I’m from the rural Midwest so a 30 minute drive is nothing to me, but if you have more city/suburban guests they might think otherwise.


Post # 7
2173 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

30 minutes is fine, maybe 45.

But an hour and a half?  That’s way over the line, in my opinion.

If you’re guests would be OK with it, go for it.  But if I was a guest, I would not be OK with it, and might just skip it.

Post # 8
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think it depends how far the Church is from most of your guest….if it’s like 10 min away, I don’t think 1.5 hours to the venue is so bad. It’s the addition of the ride to the church that you have to think about. I have rode 2 hours to some weddings. My ceremony is 1hour-1hour and 15 min away from most of my guest, some are coming out of town so it’s way farther. But my ceremony is a 2 minute walk to the reception.

Post # 9
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

That seems super far.  Could you have the ceremony there too?  Then it might be worth it.

Post # 10
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Wow, an hour and a half?  That’s really far, not gonna lie.  I have been stressing myself to death over the fact that the venue we love is 30 minutes away from the church…

Post # 12
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@BurlapnLace:  i don’t know how the church works.  but we rabbi shopped for the rabbi to marry us.  both FI and I are conservative jews and rabbis in the conservative movement don’t drive during shabbat.

we wanted to get married before sundown so we needed to find a reform rabbi to marry us.  we could use the synogogue and then travel to the reception.  but most rabbis travel to the location.  we are using the atrium at our venue as the ceremony site. in jewish weddings, usually the ceremony and reception are at the same site using differernt rooms.

call the churches around your venue and see what they charge.


Post # 13
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@BurlapnLace:  you neeed to let the parish know 6 mos in advance

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